Writers Workshop: There goes the phone line

By Sydney, Class of 2022

Thunder clapped against the sky. The girl shuddered. She knew something was out there in the night. Something that shouldn’t be.

Jessica went outside and heard a voice. It said, “Don’t come any closer.

“What’s out there?” asked Jessica.

The voice said, “Your worst nightmare.”

Frightened, Jessica said, “I’m calling the police.”

“You can try,” said the evil voice.

“What does that mean?” Jessica asked.

The voice threw out the cut phone cords and a crushed battery.


Teacher’s Note: Building writer’s confidence is vital for a young writer. After creating an agreed upon list of attributes which are required to keep a reader engaged in a story, I give highly engaging beginnings (shown in bold print) and allow students to continue the story. At first they are given eight minutes, but I decrease the time as they gain their confidence. This activity is used as scaffolding into writing a narrative and students are expected not to finish their story.

MD College & Career Readiness Standards: W.6.3

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